Did Apple find a (sick) sense of humour, or did they just lose control of iTunes?

September 13th, 2011 — Mark Littlewood

An extraordinary app was just released in the iTunes store. Called Phone Story, it is:

“Description

Phone Story is an educational game about the hidden social costs of smartphone manufacturing. Follow your phone’s journey from the Coltan mines of the Congo to the electronic waste dumps in Pakistan through four colorful mini-games. Compete with market forces in an endless spiral of technological obsolescence.

You can keep Phone Story in your favorite device as a reminder of your impact on this world.
All revenues from the sale of this app will be donated to organizations working to solve the issues mentioned in this game.

molleindustria Web SitePhone Story Support
Download it while you can, I can’t think that those noted humourists at Apple will be keeping this in for long…
For the sake of posterity, here are the screenshots from the game. Steve Jobs and Tim Cook are presumably laughing their heads off at the cheeky humour of it all.
Phone Story Congo
Phone Story in the Congo
Phone Story Foxconn

Phone Story at Foxconn

Phone Story Apple Store

Phone Story at the Apple Store

Phone Story iPhone recycling

Phone Story iPhone recycling

If you are very quick, you might be able to download the app here.


 

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